ABC/Paul Hebert(OHIO) — Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has given us an update following his being sidelined with a calf injury.

Captioning the Instagram pic “gettin’ un-broken,” a hospital gown-wearing Maks is throwing a peace sign to the camera, showing off a pre-op IV in his the back of his hand.

The 37-year-old dancer hashtagged the snap “seedsorthopaedics,” referencing renowned Ohio surgeon William A Seeds, M.D., whom People reports previously treated Chmerkovskiy’s fiancee, Peta Murgatroyd, as well another DWTS pro, Artem Chigvintsev.

Maks, a season 18 DWTS champion, had been paired up in season 24 with Heather Morris, a former backup dancer for Beyonce and star on Glee.

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Getty Images/Clemens Bilan(LOS ANGELES) — George Clooney is ready to assume all the responsibilities that come with fatherhood.

The actor tells Extra that his wife, renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, is doing well with her pregnancy.

“She is doing really great,” he said. “She is amazing. I don’t have anything to do. There is nothing I can do to help but make tea and stuff.”

Thirty-nine-year-old Amal Clooney is pregnant with twins and is expected to give birth this summer.

Her 55-year-old husband did say he already possesses some of the necessary skills a new dad requires.

“I know swaddling,” he said. “I know what I’m in for.”

Clooney also joked about his age, noting that he’ll become familiar with diapers, “for me, not for the kids.”

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Getty Images/Sunset Boulevard(LOS ANGELES) — Angelina Jolie volunteered to undergo random drug tests in order to get the part as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, according to excerpts of a new book published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Jolie wanted the role, and director Simon West wanted her for it. But according to the book — a biography of Sherry Lansing, former Paramount CEO and the first woman to head a Hollywood studio — Jolie’s reputation, rumors about her relationship with her brother and about drug use, made the studio unsure.

“She said: ‘Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I’ll do anything you want to prove that I’m worthy,” West is quoted as saying in the excerpt. “She said, ‘I don’t care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'”

A former Paramount exec says the star in fact underwent random urine and blood tests before landing the part.

But even after she got the role, the studio was concerned about Jolie, the book alleges.

A member of the movie’s production crew is quoted as saying that a team was put together, “to give her spiritual and psychological support” during the filming. But, the book alleges, the studio balked when director West wanted to hire a health expert who wanted the actress to take milk baths, and practice yoga and meditation as part of her preparation for the role.

The book, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, by author Stephen Galloway, is due April 25.

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ABC/Eddie Chen(LAS VEGAS) — Matt Damon reports that his buddy, Ben Affleck is doing “fantastic” following his stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.

During an appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote his new film, Suburbicon, on Tuesday, Damon told Entertainment Tonight, that Affleck is “with the kids now” and “couldn’t be happier.”

Matt says Ben is “Mr. Mom-ing it right now,” while his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, is in Atlanta filming her upcoming movie, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, adding, “and that’s what he wants to be doing.”

Affleck is “lucky” to be surrounded by such a solid group of guys, says The Great Wall star. “I have a good group of friends…We always keep track of each other and look out for each other.”

Earlier this month, Affleck, 44, announced that he successfully completed a rehab program.

Suburicon, co-written and directed by another Damon pal, George Clooney, and co-starring Josh Brolin and Julianne Moore, opens nationwide in November.

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FOX/Jordan Althaus(NEW YORK) — Adam Pally, best known for his roles as Peter Prentice on Hulu’s The Mindy Project and Max Blum in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, reportedly was arrested for alleged marijuana and cocaine possession in New York City on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told People magazine on Wednesday, that officers observed the 35-year-old actor smoking marijuana in public from an e-cigarette, confirming a story first reported by TMZ.

The officers reportedly placed Pally under arrest and conducted a search, during which they say they found he also was in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

Adam, who currently stars on the Fox comedy Making History, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, and criminal possession of marijuana — both misdemeanors, according to the spokesman.

Pally received a desk appearance ticket and subsequently released, but must return to court in June, adds the spokesman.

The news comes the same day as Pally’s upcoming big screen comedy Most Likely to Murder began filming.

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© 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED(LOS ANGELES) — A spate of creepy clown sightings all over the world has died down, but New Line is now stoking everyone’s fear of them with the first footage of its big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

The film, directed by Andy Muschietti — who earned the gig after directing the horror hit Mama — features some genuinely disturbing shots of Pennywise, the terrifying clown who is essentially the embodiment of evil.

As in the King book and the 1990 made-for-TV miniseries, Pennywise prowls the sewers of the little hamlet of Derry, Maine, terrorizing the town and preying on its youngest residents.

In this latest take, Allegiant actor Bill Skarsgard plays the scary villain.

The movie’s cast of young actors includes Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard and Wyatt Oleff, who played young Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.

It hits theaters September 8.

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ABC/Eddy Chen(HOLLYWOOD)– It’s not the kind of talked-about moment Oscar producers wanted, and they’re taking steps to make certain it doesn’t happen again.

We’re talking of course about how La La Land was erroneously announced as the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards last month, when Moonlight was the actual winner. An envelope mix-up by PriceWaterhouseCoopers was to blame.

The accounting firm can breathe a sigh of relief — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is keeping them, but there will now be three PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants on hand who know the winners: two backstage, and one in the control room who can immediately alert the broadcast’s director if there’s an issue.

Also, all electronic devices will be banned from backstage. It’s thought the PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountant who screwed up was distracted because he was tweeting pictures of winners, including Emma Stone, minutes before the screw up.

The Academy also announced there will be “improvements to onstage envelope category verification” as well as “ongoing evaluation of backstage protocols and procedures.”

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GMA After Hours(NEW YORK) — Anthony Anderson is well aware of the controversy surrounding tonight’s black-ish episode, which guest-stars troubled R&B singer Chris Brown. While Anderson says it wasn’t his decision to have Brown appear, he’s fine with it.

“I’ve known Chris Brown personally since he was fourteen years old and I had no idea that he was coming onto our show,” Anderson tells ABC Radio. He explains that it was an encounter between black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris and Brown that led to his appearance.

“Kenya was out one day having dinner and Chris was at the same restaurant and knew who Kenya was…,” says Anderson. “He walked over and said, “Hey man, I love your show. I just wanted to let you know that I want to be on it. Can we make that happen?”

“And the next thing I know, this episode was written and they were like, ‘Yo man…we got Chris Brown to do it!'” And I was like, ‘That’s great.'”

On tonight’s episode, Brown plays Rich Youngsta, a popular rapper who collaborates with Anderson’s character on an ad campaign that some find offensive. Anderson says Brown got the role because he fit the part.

“Our show is written as it is and whoever we feel is best to come in and be best at this character,” he explains. “Chris expressed an interest in it and it was like, ‘I think…we have that character for you.”‘
According to Anderson, black-ish remains “unique” because it does “not shy away from” controversial topics, and tonight’s episode is no different.

“He did a masterful job at it,” says the actor. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the work that he did.”

ABC’s black-ish airs at 9:30 p.m ET.

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AMC/Gene Page(ATLANTA) — Lauren Cohan, who has played farm girl-turned-fighter Maggie since season two of The Walking Dead, isn’t giving away any spoilers for the season seven finale. But she does acknowledge that it will be “heartbreaking.”

“You’re certainly in for a lot of emotion,” she tells Harpers Bazaar. “[It’s] incredibly bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking.”

AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama has always been heartbreaking — evidenced in this season’s premiere in which two of the show’s beloved cast members fell victim to Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

As always, the cast held a traditional sendoff, or so called “death dinner,” for their fallen cast members.

“It’s funny when I stop to think about calling them death dinners. It’s such a frequent part of our lingo that I forget how absurd it is, like spying on your own funeral,” Cohan explained. “We’ve had some of our best nights together at them. There’s always a lot of tears, but we also have bonfires and play games and get to tell the family member leaving how much we love them — and, you know, completely embarrass them.”

For Cohan, saying goodbye to Steven Yeun, who played Maggie’s husband, Glenn, was especially hard. The actress hinted that her character, who is now pregnant with Glenn’s baby, will grow as a leader without him.

“I hate saying anything that implies, ‘Oh yeah, in the middle of season eight when I’m still alive…,’ because I really don’t know if I will be,” she said. “But as a viewer, I am excited to see that arc being realized.”

The Walking Dead’s season finale airs Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — The Tampa Bay Times reports that Viola Davis, the charismatic star of Fences, The Help, Doubt and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, will appear at the USF University Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 4.

Organizers initially thought that the 900 seats in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, and 700 seats to watch the live stream, would be sufficient, but student demand exceeded their expectations. The Center for Student Involvement quickly announced a move to the 10,411 seat Sun Dome, where members of the public will be able to attend as well.

Monica L. Miranda, who works with the student committee as director of the Center for Student Involvement, said, “The students truly wanted her. They didn’t want her because she was an Academy Award winner. That was a bonus to them.”

Davis is expected to speak about her personal and professional life, overcoming the adversity of poverty as a child, working through preconceived notions to become a stronger woman and elevating the voices of other women of color through artistic platforms.

The venerated actress was booked for $70,000. Despite Davis’ price tag, USF officials said her lecture didn’t cut too deeply into their budget for other speakers, and note that she was booked before she won the Oscar, which likely raised her quote.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. For more information, check out the USF site online.

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